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"The mood-enhancing properties of chocolate are well known in both the Muggle and wizard worlds. Chocolate is the perfect antidote for anyone who has been overcome in the presence of Dementors, which suck hope and happiness out of their surroundings. Chocolate can only be a short-term remedy, however. Finding ways to fight off Dementors – or depression – are essential if one is to become permanently happier. Excessive chocolate consumption cannot benefit either Muggle or wizard."
— Description of the effects of chocolate[src]

Chocolate is a sweetened confectionery that was available in both the Muggle and wizarding worlds. In the case of the latter, it also had special properties, depending on the brand.[1]

Not only did it make a wonderful treat for the consumer,it served as a powerful and excellent antidote for the chilling, cold effect produced by contact with Dementors.[1][2]


Remus Lupin carried chocolate with him on the Hogwarts Express and gave Harry Potter some after the latter was attacked by a Dementor. When Madam Pomfrey heard that Remus Lupin had given Harry chocolate after his encounter with the Dementor, she nodded approvingly and stated that "So we've finally got a Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher who knows his remedies."[1] She herself used a large chunk of Honeydukes chocolate in the Hospital Wing to treat Harry Potter and Hermione Granger after they and Sirius Black were attacked by several Dementors in 1994. Harry Potter later commented that he never wanted to eat a piece of chocolate for a while afterwards, as he apparently has grown sick of it for a while.[3]

Known chocolate

A Bertie Bott's Chocolate-Flavoured Bean

A Honeydukes chocolate bar

Behind the scenes

  • It is possible that chocolate is used to ward off the effects following meeting a Dementor as it has chemicals inside it that stimulate the release of endorphins, which are chemicals produced by the body to combat stress and pain; often leading to feeling of increased happiness.
  • Chocolate presents no danger to Werewolves, despite the well known fact that chocolate is poisonous to canines, showing that the human form of the Werewolf has traits that carry over into the wolf form aside from the more human eyes. Ironically, Remus Lupin is noted for his borderline addiction to chocolate.


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